1670 (TV series)

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1670
Polish Netflix poster
Genre
Written byJakub Rużyłło
Directed by
  • Maciej Buchwald
  • Kordian Kądziela
Starring
Country of originPoland
Original languagePolish
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes8
Production
Producers
  • Ivo Krankowski
  • Jan Kwieciński
CinematographyNils Croné
Running time29–37 minutes
Production companyAkson Studio
Original release
NetworkNetflix
Release13 December 2023 (2023-12-13)

1670 is a Polish mockumentary satirical comedy television series. The first season was released on Netflix on 13 December 2023. The series has been renewed for a second season set to premiere in 2025.[1]

Premise[edit]

The series follows the pursuits of Jan Paweł Adamczewski, the head of a szlachta noble family in the Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth during the 17th century.

Cast[edit]

Main[edit]

Recurring[edit]

Guest[edit]

Episodes[edit]

No.TitleDurationOriginal air date
1"The Assembly"
(Sejmik)
36 min13 December 2023 (2023-12-13)
Jan Paweł Adamczewski, a nobleman who owns half of the village of Adamczycha, is determined to become the most famous Jan Paweł (a reference to Pope John Paul II) in Polish history. He receives a letter inviting him to a territorial assembly (sejmik), and is determined to sabotage the proposed tax increases by his enemy, Andrzej, who owns the larger half of Adamczycha. At the assembly, Jan Paweł opposes all of the proposed motions and, due to liberum veto, they are all nullified. Jan Paweł considers the assembly a great success.
2"The Estate"
(Folwark)
31 min13 December 2023 (2023-12-13)
Because of profit sharing, Andrzej's peasants are happier and his estate (folwark) yields more crops than Jan Paweł's. Jan Paweł, who believes in corporal punishment and trickle-down economics, tries other methods to motivate his peasants, but they are unreceptive. Aniela is determined to recruit the peasants to her cause to fight climate change. Initially, Maciej makes fun of her, but eventually joins the cause. Jakub finds a peasant who he mistakenly believes to be the reincarnation of Jesus Christ. Zofia is skeptical and asks the peasant to walk across water, but the peasant drowns. Stanisław announces his engagement to Jadwiga, a girl from the city.
3"Spring"
(Wiosna)
35 min13 December 2023 (2023-12-13)
Jadwiga and her parents visit Adamczycha to meet Stanisław's family. Zofia is initially cold to Jadwiga's mother, Rozalia, but later develops a romantic attraction to her. Jan Paweł becomes annoyed when his family shows more interest in Jadwiga's cultured father, Ciesław. While showing off his sabre (szabla), Jan Paweł accidentally cuts off Rozalia's finger, effectively ending the engagement. It is later revealed that Zofia took Rozalia's missing finger as a romantic token. At a party to commemorate the annual drowning of Marzanna, Aniela and Maciej get drunk and dance together.
4"Equality March"
(Marsz równości)
34 min13 December 2023 (2023-12-13)
After Stanisław goes missing, Jakub, seeing a chance to inherit Jan Paweł's estate, tries to set up romantic opportunities between Maciej and Aniela in the hopes of getting her disowned. A march celebrating freedom and equality of religion is being organized, much to the dismay of Jan Paweł. Bogdan is kidnapped by Tatars and held for ransom. Maciej overhears fabricated gossip about Aniela's supposed engagement to a wealthy nobleman and is heartbroken.
5"The Plague"
(Dżuma)
29 min13 December 2023 (2023-12-13)
A traveling theatrical troupe arrives in Adamczycha to perform a stage play and Maciej is asked to assist in the performance. Jan Paweł learns about the Great Plague of London and becomes worried about his own health. Bogdan eats a bag of magic mushrooms and hallucinates that he is a son of the sultan of the Ottoman Empire. Aniela investigates suspicious letters that her mother has been receiving. The leader of the troupe offers Maciej an opportunity to leave the village and join them.
6"The Duel"
(Pojedynek)
34 min13 December 2023 (2023-12-13)
As abandoning one's estate is a crime punishable by hanging, Maciej devises a plan to escape Adamczycha and join the theater troupe. Jan Paweł challenges Jeremi, Andrzej's cousin, to a duel. Aniela is convinced that her mother is having an affair with Ciesław, but later finds out that Zofia has actually been volunteering at a shelter for single mothers. Aniela feels sorry for suspecting her mother's infidelity, not realizing that Zofia has actually been having an affair with Rozalia. Maciej abandons his escape plan when he overhears Aniela confessing her feelings for him. Jan Paweł withdraws from the duel and selects a peasant as his stand-in, who promptly kills Jeremi.
7"The Hunt"
(Polowanie)
30 min13 December 2023 (2023-12-13)
Henryk Lubopolski, the son of a wealthy nobleman, is found injured in the woods. Jan Paweł and Andrzej, sensing an opportunity to improve their social status, begin campaigning for one of their daughters to marry Henryk. Aniela, however, is repulsed by the idea of an arranged marriage. During a hunt, Andrzej and Jan Paweł continue their bid for Henryk's favor, but the hunt ends abruptly when Jan Paweł and Andrzej simultaneously shoot and kill Henryk after mistaking him for a moose.
8"The Wedding"
(Wesele)
37 min13 December 2023 (2023-12-13)
A peasant wedding is taking place in Adamczycha and everyone is invited, including Ciesław and Rozalia. Andrzej is forced to sell his half of Adamczycha to Jan Paweł to avoid paying taxes. Father Żmija arrives to investigate the disappearance of Henryk. Jadwiga and Rozalia have a falling out and their romantic affair ends without either of their husbands finding out. Bogdan agrees to take the blame for Henryk's murder, and it is later revealed that Henryk was a wanted man, leaving Bogdan with a hefty reward. Aniela and Maciej finally share a kiss.

Production[edit]

Thatched roof houses at the Museum of Folk Culture in Kolbuszowa
St. Paraskevi Church in Radruż

Screenwriter Jakub Rużyłło was inspired to write the series after reading Fantomowe ciało króla: Peryferyjne zmagania z nowoczesną formą by sociologist Jan Sowa [pl].[2][3] After learning the premise of 1670 from Rużyłło, producers Ivo Krankowski and Janek Kwieciński collaborated to create the series. The team reached out to several broadcasters who rejected the series before it was ultimately greenlit by Netflix. Bartłomiej Topa, Katarzyna Herman, Andrzej Kłak, and Dobromir Dymecki were all cast without an audition.[4]

Adamczycha, a village of about 100 residents, was chosen as the series' setting after director Kordian Kądziela saw it on a map and liked the name.[5][6] Although the series is set in Adamczycha, it was filmed in the open-air Museum of Folk Culture [pl] in Kolbuszowa in 2022.[7][8] Several scenes were also filmed at St. Paraskevi Church in Radruż.[9]

Only when I entered the set did I realize how sensitively and precisely this world had been created. The set was not made of plywood, plasterboard and a piece of wall pretending to be a cottage. We had an open-air museum in Kolbuszowa, to which several buildings were added, which created our village of Adamczycha. It looked so authentic that you basically just had to enter that space and play.

— Dobromir Dymecki, in an interview with Radio Eska[10]

The series was renewed for a second season in early 2024, with a scheduled premiere date of 2025.[11]

Release[edit]

A teaser trailer for the series was released on 5 October 2023.[12][13] The official trailer was released on 8 November 2023.[14][15] As part of the series' marketing, Polish influencers were sent bags of hay branded with the 1670 logo.[16][17]

Reception[edit]

Polish critics generally reacted favorably to the series, much to the surprise of director Kordian Kądziela.[18] Magdalena Drozdek of WP Teleshow wrote, "There was a high probability that the mocking series about the Polish nobility would be such a festival of embarrassment that we would want to forget about it quickly. But the creators of 1670 serve this embarrassment so well that you will have a great time."[19] Małgorzata Major of Wirtualne Media wrote, "Playing with history and tradition is something that does not always gain mass admiration, but for fans of absurd humor and crossing boundaries in comedy, the series 1670 is a must-see."[20]

Ola Gersz of NaTemat.pl gave the series four out of five stars, commending its humor, costuming, and production design. She further wrote, "There has never been anything like this in Poland. Finally, we learn to laugh at ourselves and we can be politically correct, but with class, humor, edge and... brains. It will be a hit."[21] Marta Wawrzyn of Serialowa noted that, although the mockumentary format could be seen as outdated, the series was well-produced and had plot potential. She further wrote, "Polish series still have a lot of catching up to do compared to global ones, but it seems that 2023 is a breakthrough year for our creators."[22]

Natalia Nowacka of Radio Eska called 1670 "a masterpiece" and "the series this country needed."[23] Katarzyna Ulman of Świat Seriali called the series "perfect" and commended its writing and performances, particularly that of Bartłomiej Topa.[24] Bartosz Węglarczyk [pl] of Onet.pl called the series "the funniest Polish thing I've seen in a long time."[25]

Tomasz Zacharczuk of Trojmiasto.pl wrote, "To point out Poles' national vices and ridicule the most frequently repeated stereotypes, using the story of 17th-century mustachioed Sarmatians and using the mockumentary formula typical of productions such as The Office or What We Do in the Shadows? Madness. It could only end in two ways—either a spectacular flop or a spectacular triumph... It is with clear relief, but above all with the feeling of a great time spent, that we can officially announce the second one. 1670 is the best Polish comedy production of recent years."[26]

Jacek Cieślak of Rzeczpospolita compared the series to the 1981 film Teddy Bear, writing, "The series will be funny for some and painful for others because it does not recognize taboos."[27]

On the other hand, reviewing the series' first episode, Joel Keller of Decider wrote, "The first episode of 1670 is designed to be a laugh-a-minute mockumentary, but it barely elicited a chuckle from us. The reason why isn’t the language barrier, it’s the fact that the satire is over-the-top and unfocused." He also stated that "1670 has the potential to be a good ensemble comedy, but the comedy it aims for is way too broad to be sustainable."[28] Anna Szczepańska of Do Rzeczy also criticized the series, calling it "painfully embarrassing" and "a collection of memes and unfunny jokes wrapped in an eye-pleasing landscape of szlachta Poland at the end of the 17th century."[29]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Result Ref.
2024 Polish Film Awards Best Television Series Won [30][31]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Moore, Kasey (10 March 2024). "Netflix Renews Polish Comedy Series '1670' For Season 2". What's on Netflix. Retrieved 10 March 2024.
  2. ^ Lewandowska, Małgorzata (20 December 2023). "Serial "1670" był inspirowany pewną książką. To dzieło wyprzedziło o kilka lat trend "Chłopów"". Gazetapl (in Polish). Retrieved 20 December 2023.
  3. ^ Sierant, Anna (19 December 2023). "Książka, która zainspirowała serial "1670", powrót cudownego chłopaka, Bridgertonów i Wiedźmina". Lubimyczytać (in Polish). Retrieved 20 December 2023.
  4. ^ Bryczkowska, Justyna (14 December 2023). "O serial "1670" walczyli klika lat. Dopiero Netflix się odważył go zrobić". Gazeta.pl (in Polish).
  5. ^ Duch, Wojtek (13 December 2023). "Wieś Adamczycha czy naprawdę istniała? Adamczycha w serialu 1670 od Netflix". Historia.org.pl (in Polish). Retrieved 13 December 2023.
  6. ^ "1670 - Adamczycha z serialu Netflixa istnieje naprawdę". naEKRANIE (in Polish). 18 December 2023. Retrieved 20 December 2023.
  7. ^ Wojciechowska, Agata (15 October 2023). "Sarmaci, chłopi i pańszczyzna z odrobiną absurdu i humoru. Netflix bierze się za historię i kręci serial o XVII-wiecznej Polsce". Bankier.pl (in Polish). Retrieved 4 November 2023.
  8. ^ Ząbczyk, Kamil (4 December 2023). "Michał Sikorski, jeden z głównych aktorów serialu "1670" na Netflix zdradza nam kulisy komedii kręconej w Kolbuszowej". Korso24 (in Polish). Retrieved 12 December 2023.
  9. ^ Dragović, Julia (8 January 2024). "To tutaj kręcili serial 1670! Zobacz, jak skanseny wyglądają na co dzień. Czy Adamczycha istnieje naprawdę?". Radio ESKA (in Polish). Retrieved 14 March 2024.
  10. ^ Nowacka, Natalia (21 December 2023). ""1670": Dobromir Dymecki o czarnym humorze, trudnej współpracy z kozą i wielowymiarowości Bogdana (WYWIAD)". Radio ESKA (in Polish). Retrieved 22 December 2023.
  11. ^ Korycka, Marta (6 March 2024). ""1670". Będzie drugi sezon! Netflix potwierdza, a kiedy premiera?". Gazeta.pl (in Polish). Retrieved 14 March 2024.
  12. ^ "New Polish original series "1670" set for December premiere on Netflix". Polskie Radio. 29 October 2023. Retrieved 4 November 2023.
  13. ^ Gnaś, Herbert (6 October 2023). "Netflix zapowiada serial o polskiej szlachcie "1670" – premiera w grudniu". CiekawostkiHistoryczne.pl (in Polish). Retrieved 4 November 2023.
  14. ^ Bryczkowska, Justyna (8 November 2023). "Netflix pokazał zwiastun "1670". Jest grubo: Co zaczyna się na "ż" i po cichu włada Polską?". Gazeta.pl (in Polish). Retrieved 20 November 2023.
  15. ^ Kulasek, Andrzej (8 November 2023). "Jest oficjalny zwiastun nowego polskiego serialu. "Polska najpotężniejszym państwem na świecie"". Gazeta Wyborcza (in Polish). Retrieved 20 November 2023.
  16. ^ Szałankiewicz, Paweł (20 December 2023). "Influencerzy dostali siano od Netflixa. Nie wiedzą co z nim zrobić. "Szopkę wypchać, jezuskowi będzie cieplutko"". Radio ESKA (in Polish). Retrieved 20 December 2023.
  17. ^ Kurczuk, Sergiusz (19 December 2023). "1670: Netflix wysłał influencerom worek siana. Twórcy są oburzeni". Radio ZET (in Polish). Retrieved 20 December 2023.
  18. ^ Śmiałkowski, Kamil (19 December 2023). ""Nie spodziewaliśmy się, że serial aż tak dobrze się przyjmie". Kordian Kądziela o produkcji "1670"". TOK FM (in Polish). Retrieved 20 December 2023.
  19. ^ Drozdek, Magdalena (13 December 2023). ""1670". Czegoś takiego Netflix jeszcze Polakom nie serwował". WP Teleshow (in Polish). Retrieved 13 December 2023.
  20. ^ Major, Małgorzata (13 December 2023). "Wsi spokojna, wsi wesoła? Raczej nie. Recenzja komedii sarmackiej Netfliksa zatytułowanej "1670"". Wirtualne Media (in Polish). Retrieved 15 December 2023.
  21. ^ Gersz, Ola (13 December 2023). ""1670" jest jak "The Office" o... szlachcie i chłopach. Polska komedia Netfliksa to murowany hit". naTemat.pl (in Polish). Retrieved 15 December 2023.
  22. ^ Wawrzyn, Marta (13 December 2023). "1670 - beka z polskich Januszów w historycznej oprawie [RECENZJA]". Serialowa (in Polish). Retrieved 15 December 2023.
  23. ^ Nowacka, Natalia (13 December 2023). ""1670" to takie "Ogniem i mieczem" w krzywym zwierciadle i… absolutne arcydzieło (RECENZJA)". Radio ESKA (in Polish). Retrieved 15 December 2023.
  24. ^ Ulman, Katarzyna (13 December 2023). "Nowy serial Netflixa to złoto! Satyra, która nie bierze jeńców. Będziecie płakać ze śmiechu". Świat Seriali (in Polish). Retrieved 13 December 2023.
  25. ^ "Bartosz Węglarczyk o "1670": "To najśmieszniejsza rzecz polska, jaką widziałem od bardzo dawna"". Onet Kultura (in Polish). 22 December 2023. Retrieved 22 December 2023.
  26. ^ Zacharczuk, Tomasz (14 December 2023). "To już jest hit! Recenzja serialu "1670"". Trojmiasto.pl (in Polish). Retrieved 18 December 2023.
  27. ^ Cieślak, Jacek (13 December 2023). ""1670" to nowy "Miś". Serial Netflixa nie uznaje tabu". Rzeczpospolita (in Polish). Retrieved 15 December 2023.
  28. ^ Keller, Joel (13 December 2023). "'1670' Netflix Review: Stream It Or Skip It?". Decider. Retrieved 14 December 2023.
  29. ^ Szczepańska, Anna (29 December 2023). "Wielka i Śmieszna Polska Katolicka. Niepoprawne politycznie spojrzenie na "1670"". Historia Do Rzeczy (in Polish). Retrieved 29 December 2023.
  30. ^ Roxborough, Scott (7 March 2024). "Agnieszka Holland's 'The Green Border' Wins Best Film at Polish Film Awards". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 14 March 2024.
  31. ^ Salwa, Ola (5 March 2024). "Agnieszka Holland's Green Border pockets the Polish Eagle for Best Film". Cineuropa. Retrieved 14 March 2024.

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